One of the cool part of
this set was their capsules. M115 and M125 came in dark blue color
capsule with yellow tint clear lid - the same color scheme as the
Conning Tower Base!
M115 came with vinyl
armor jacket. This was the same jacket from Micro Kit-Machine Sky
Rambler set. (Takara had originally planed to reissue Sky Rambler
but due to poor sale of Replica Series the plan was canceled.)
M125 came with black
pair of guns. (The same guns that were included with the reissue
M12X and Victory Edition M10X)
Takara included a set
of stickers to decorate M115 and M125. The stickers were design to
make them match the rest of the members of their series.
M115 Ben came with
chest sticker with letter B E. M115's sticker was design to match
the design of the Conning Tower stickers. M125 Morgan came with
silver and black stickers which design to match the other M12X series
In late 2001, Takara offered special
"Prototype Head Version" of M115 Ben and M125 Morgan as Figure Oh!
Magazine Exclusive. The figures were repaint version of M11X and
M12X but with the prototype head designs. Back in 1974, Takara had originally
planned to released M11X and M12X series with these robot-like heads (I
assumed to make them resemble the Henshin Cyborg Android A which also had
robot-like head). The robot heads were abandoned when Takara decided to
re-launch Microman as separate line in 1975 instead of Microman being part of
the Henshin Cyborg Series.
Beside the cool prototype heads, M115 Ben and
M125 Morgan were given unique colors scheme. M115 Ben had the same
color as Microman Conning Tower Base which also shared the same designation
number of M115. M125 Morgan came in silver and black color to match
prototype Micro Kit-Machine Hot Roader. (See below for more info)
M115 and M125 came with
prototype heads that Takara originally plan to use for the M11X and M12X
series. The head drawing appeared in early design sketch.
Figure Oh! Magazine
These pictures below and to the right came from Figure Oh magazine in which M115 Ben and M125
Morgan were being offer as mail-away premium set. It appear there was
a reason behind the color scheme for M115 & M125. M115 color
scheme was obviously pattern after the original Microman Zone toy of the
same numerical designation - the M115 Conning Tower Base. If you
notice his chest sticker resemble the sticker on the side of the Conning
Tower plane section. M125, beautiful silver and black scheme
came from prototype Hot Roader design (Hot Roader was one of the first four
Microman toys). Figure Oh magazine article offer an insight look
at the prototype drawing of M115 & M125 along with another vehicle with
numerical designation of M105J. (During the first year of Microman
line, Takara gave vehicle numerical designation pattern after Microman
figure such as M115 Conning Tower) The M105 was a dark green and white
plane which was release later in 1975 as Super Jet but in blue color scheme
instead. (Super Jet was sold as Micronauts Photon Sled).
Note: the short cuff style
Left: prototype sketch of
M11X and M12X with the robot-like heads. Above: prototype Hot Roader
in silver and black color scheme and M105 Micro Air Force drawing.
M105 was another Microman vehicle with designation numbers. When
Microman line was "re-launch" in 1975, the designation numbers
were given only to the figures.
Inset: M115 inside Microman
M115 Conning Tower Base.
(Special thanks to
MicroBry for scan of these pictures and info)